Monkeyland www.monkeyland.co.za is the World's first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Its aims are to provide ex-captive primates with a healthier, more natural life and to raise public awareness about primates. Around 500 primates live at Monkeyland, including gibbons, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, Langurs, saki monkeys, miniature monkeys, vervets, howler monkeys and three species of lemur. Experienced rangers guide one-hour tours through Monkeyland's indigenous forest in English, Afrikaans, German, French and Spanish. Other languages such as Italian, Finnish and Dutch are occasionally available. The Monkeyland rangers will point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself. The emphasis is on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat.
Guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing. One of our main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping primates as pets, in terms of both physical and psychological health. Also important is the rapid decline of natural habitats due to logging, mining, agriculture and human settlements. We encourage the visiting public to buy goods wisely, ranging from second-hand or antique wood-products, to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that were not tested on animals.
By working with the non-profit organisation Touch A Monkey's Heart Foundation www.tamhf.org.za (NPO 008-464), Monkeyland has secured the future of all its primates. The Foundation is the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland. The sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and we strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality.
Birds of Eden www.birdsofeden.co.za (Monkeyland's neighbouring sister sanctuary) is home to Monkeyland's bushbabies and most of the miniature primates who are too small and vulnerable to be released into the Monkeyland forest.
You can request rates from Lara at firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (0)82 9795683
Monkeyland is situated approximately 16km East of Plettenberg Bay (in The Crags) 2 km off the N2.